Inviting Extended Family and Friends to the U.S.
Many students wish to invite family and friends for a short visit to the United States. The B-2 visitor visa is a good choice for visits of 6 months or fewer in duration or for family members who do not qualify for an F-2 dependent visa. As a student, you can provide supporting documents for the B-2 visa application. Comprehensive information on applying for a B-2 visa can be found on the website of the U.S. Embassy where the visa application will be made.
Letter of Invitation
To facilitate the process of applying for a B-2 visitor visa, you should write a letter of invitation for the visit. The letter must be written by you and should include:
- The purpose and length of the visit
- Your relationship to the individual(s)
- A statement of your status in the U.S.
- Itinerary details
It is best to emphasize the temporary nature of the invitation and to demonstrate the individual's intention to return to their home country following the visit. If you will provide their financial support while the visitor(s) are in the U.S., include that information as well.
Enrollment Verification Letter
Current students should request an Enrollment Verification Letter from the YSU Penguin Service Center. This letter will confirm thtat you are a current student at YSU in good standing.
Support letters from YSU (OPTIONAL)
A support letter from YSU is NOT required for the visitor visa. If you wish for the International Programs Office (IPO) to write a letter of support for this visa application, complete the Request for Invitation to Visit form. Upon submitting the request to IPO, your letter(s) will be processed and ready for pick-up at the IPO front desk in 2 business days.